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sive to man's environment. This is an optimistic inference in contrast to that drawn by Malthus. But it is not a basis for complacency. The behavioral sciences are being challenged to unravel the exceedingly complex matrix of cultural and economic underpinnings for the environmental changes that correlate consistently with fertility, and discover within them what causes desired and actual patterns of fertility to change. With this augmented stock of knowledge, one may argue from strength for a systematic re-ordering of development priorities and for the adoption of a population policy that will transfer with equity the real social costs of rapid population growth to parents who have been given the choice of modern birth control.
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